But back to the traveling part - I'd like to tell you more about my trip to Denver last weekend. Justin and I arrived on Friday, with the John Butler Trio show scheduled for later that night. After a long and stressful car ride to the airport that morning, (Los Angeles traffic of course) a turbulent flight and getting lost immediately upon hitting the road in Denver, it felt amazing to finally reach our destination of Morrison, Colorado. It was only 2 p.m. when we rolled up to this tiny but picturesque town so we had time to kill before the show. The first order of business was lunch at Beso de Arte. This spot came recommended by my brother's girlfriend and it was by far the cutest restaurant in town due to its perfect outdoor patio. Truthfully, I was so hungry by that point I would have eaten a shoe, but Justin did something totally unexpected and ordered a salad. I don't think I've ever seen him order a salad (and for the record I don't think it's wrong for a guy to order a salad, I love greens too). The salad contained spinach, spicy bacon, pecans, dried cherries and a creamy basil dressing that made the dish. I think I liked it better than my BLT that I was half way into before I thought to photograph.
After lunch we were able to check in to our adorable accommodations for the night at Cliff House Lodge. Lodging in Morrison is really limited due to the town's size, but this place ended up being the perfect location for travelers to Red Rocks. The lodge wasn't modern by any means (in fact at check in we learned that the main house is haunted) but everyone was so warm and welcoming and you can't beat a private patio with a private hot tub. They even included complimentary breakfast and a bottle of champagne, which we never got around to drinking :(
After getting settled in our room we walked to the liquor store, per recommendation from the lodge receptionist, to pick up some local beer for tailgating before the show. She even let us borrow her cooler!
During this outing I saw a sign for ice cream, which sounded like the perfect treat on a ninety degree day. To my surprise, I found that the shop was serving Blue Bell Ice Cream! Since Blue Bell is made in Texas, it was always a staple growing up. When I moved to Los Angeles I had to say goodbye to my beloved brand, so it was a sweet sweet reunion when I got that Blue Bell ice cream cone in my hand again.
It was clear that it meant a lot to John Butler to be able to play to such a large crowd, at such a unique venue and to feel supported in a country that is not even his own. The band interacted with the crowd and made the show memorable for everyone there. For me, the highlight was when John brought his wife on stage to sing "Losing You" with him. Listening to the beautiful acoustic love song in the company of the one you love on a beautiful night in Colorado with a full moon in the sky is/was perfection. Knowing that we were on vacation and had no worries for the next few days was just the icing on the cake. More Denver updates to come!